iPhone 5C Scratch Test Shows the Strength of Plastic

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A new iPhone 5C scratch test video has surfaced by way of Taiwanese tech site Apple Daily this week, subjecting the iPhone 5C to some torture in order to show the strength of its plastic build. It turns out that the reason for the plastic iPhone 5C build concerns the scratch-resistant design. 


The iPhone 5C was subjected to scrubbing by keys, nails, paper clips, quarters, and even a shake-up in a Ziploc bag containing the above items. Even after all the rubbing of the nails and paper clips against the iPhone 5C, it did not have one scratch that could be found under a light fixture. 


This video is one of the new pieces of information we have regarding the iPhone 5C. According to Apple Daily (via Google Translate), “Hardware specifications [for the iPhone 5C] are the same as the existing iPhone 5, only relatively surprising is its rear panel made of plastic with a scratch-resistant design. Sources estimate, iPhone 5C may be a high hardness 8H (surface hardness of 8H, referring to the market than about three times the PET film is reinforced, it is generally the blade and the key will not scratch the surface).” 


There are some thing to notice about the video: first, the “fluorescent red” iPhone in the photo (appearing as somewhat light red, almost pinkish) has a white front panel and is measured at 124.55mm – making it approximately 1.5 mm taller than the current iPhone 5. The iPhone 5C also came in measuring 59.13mm in thickness, approximately half-a-millimeter thicker in size than the current iPhone 5. As you can see, Apple took great care to prevent the iPhone 5C from having too large a display and being too heavy to hold in the hand. 


 It will retain the same 4-inch display, 8-megapixel camera, and screen resolution (1136 x 640), however, but Apple’s commitment to a hold-in-one-hand principle is to be applauded here. I remember the feel of the iPhone 5 when I held it for the first time, and the feel of the device is something that I will never forget. If the iPhone 5C looks to be similar in feel, although slightly heavier, Apple may very well have done its job to appeal to China Mobile, the largest phone subscriber in the world. 


Another thing to notice in the iPhone 5C scratch test video is that the home button remains the same as that of the iPhone 5 – which seems to confirm that the iPhone 5C will cost less than the iPhone 5S and not contain a fingerprint scanner. If this is the iPhone 5 replacement, then it seems likely, considering that the iPhone 5 did not have a fingerprint scanner and would fit the price range of the iPhone 5C. 


In addition to the lack of a fingerprint scanner, the iPhone 5C will also lack the dual speakers that Apple placed in the iPhone 5. This means that the iPhone 5C will have a smaller speaker system than in either the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S. The problem with the iPhone 4S is that it had two muffled speakers at the bottom. Apple opened the speakers up on the iPhone 5, but the iPhone 5C looks to have only one row. I do not know why our favorite fruit company made this subtle change to it; perhaps acoustics or an improved audio experience (or cost-cutting measure) may be the reason here. 


The power button, once placed at the top of the iPhone 5, will not be at the top of the iPhone 5C. It seems as if there’s nothing at the top of the new iPhone, but it may be the case that this feature has yet to be added to the phone at this time. It could also be the case that Apple intends to move it to a more comfortable position (say, on the left or right side of the front display). 


What else do we know about the iPhone 5C? It looks to sport a new pink color, bringing the total number of iPhone 5C colors to six: red, blue, green, white, yellow, and pink. A black iPhone 5C option, revealed earlier this week, turned out to be a forgery. 


What do you think? Are you interested in the iPhone 5C? Do you think it’s more of an iPod-like design, and are you willing to invest in it next month? Let us know what you think. 


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